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Guitar Jam with Ableton Push 2 and Schecter Tempest Custom

Posted on November 27, 2020

I very much enjoy the extra time for creativity that COVID has afforded me. A silver lining in the midst of this chaotic pandemic. I’m not much of a guitar player, but this is just a little jam I wrote with a combination of electronic instruments, my Schecter Tempest Custom (apparently these are expensive now…I got the old version used!), and my Ableton Push 2.

Live-Looping on the Ableton Push 2

Posted on November 25, 2020

This was my first attempt at a live-looping jam on the Ableton Push 2 in Ableton Live 10. I have a lot to learn, but the Push 2 is a really fun way to be creative with electronic music without having to spend as much time staring at the computer. I really like that I can browse midi instruments, adjust their parameters, add and edit effects, and record/loop/arrange all without using a mouse!

Pierre: A Cautionary Tale by Maurice Sendak, Reading and Music by Johnny and Rob

Posted on May 12, 2020

Pierre: A Cautionary Tale by Maurice Sendak was one of my favorite books as a kid. It’s about a boy who would only say “I don’t care” in response to everything his parents said to him until…well, I don’t want too many spoilers here!

Stuck at home here in Philadelphia during these strange coronavirus days–when I’m not working in the emergency department–Rob and I have found ourselves with a lot of downtime. We decided to do a reading of Pierre with accompanying music (playing with my Ableton Push) for our nieces and nephews!

After finishing it, I was curious about the author, Maurice Sendak, and googled him. Apparently he was a prolific author and illustrator who passed away in 2012, leaving a wealth of work as his legacy. Interestingly, I found out he was also gay and lived with his partner from 1957 to 2007 when his partner passed away. It felt like a nice connection for Rob and I to have enjoyed and participated in his story.

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